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January 2015


Learn Before You Leap: Business Considerations for Government Contracting and Meet your Government Contracting Specialist

Date/Time: 1/29/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: ISU Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Notes: Businesses that are considering or have considered doing business in the Government sector should attend this session. We will discuss some considerations your company should make prior to pursuing Government contracting in order to be successful in this market. You will also meet your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist that works with companies to provide a customized roadmap and path for Government contracting if you determine it is right for you. For more information or to register, contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu It is free to attend, but pre-registration is required.

February 2015


IMPACT: How to Speak Your Way to Success

Date/Time: 2/10/2015 - 2/11/2015, 8:30am-5:00pm
Location: 1840 NW 118th St., Suite 107, Des Moines, Iowa 50325
Notes: A two-day workshop on speaking confidently and persuasively. Registration: $695 per person ($625 per person for active military and SHRM, ASTD, CIRAS and IABI members)

BizTalk Mastermind Group: Resources for Iowa Businesses, Gust Speaker Rob Williams, UNI and IASourceLink

Date/Time: 2/19/2015, 7:00am-8:00am
Location: Online Discussion Group- Webinar
Notes: Confused by the mumbo jumbo surounding Government contracting? Looking for general B2B and B2G suggestions/recommendations/advice from peers or other business consultants? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join our virtual coffee talk group. We will be meeting once a month online/via phone to discuss topics that affect all businesses pursuing a commercial and/or Government market. Contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu for a list of all session topics.

Iowa Partnership and Networking Event: Construction

Date/Time: 2/20/2015, 9:00am-12:00pm
Location: UNI Regional Business Center, 8120 Jennings Drive, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Notes: The Iowa Partnerships and Networking Event: Construction is being held February 20, 2015 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. This event will provide construction business leaders the opportunity to network with and learn from other Iowa construction companies, as well as gain a better understanding of the importance of partnerships in Government contracting and other business ventures. Iowa Partnerships and Networking Event: Construction Iowa construction firms are invited to this special event to help identify new markets, partnerships and suppliers, as well as discover best practices in contracting and increase their company's visibility across the state. The event will feature an interactive and unique round table format for networking with several different companies at a time. The intent of the event is to help companies of all sizes identify potential collaborators and think creatively to develop strategic partnerships to grow their businesses and secure federal, state and local government contracts. Companies will walk away with an increased network in the Iowa construction community.

Influence: How to Achieve Winning Outcomes

Date/Time: 2/24/2015 - 2/25/2015, 8:30am-5:00pm
Location: 1840 NW 118th Street, Suite 107, Des Moines, Iowa 50325
Notes: A two-day workshop on building the skills that lead to influencing winning outcomes. Registration: $695 per person ($625 per person for active military and SHRM, ASTD, CIRAS and IABI members)

March 2015


Strategic Planning for Human Resources

Date/Time: 3/24/2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Polk County Extension Office, 1625 Adventureland Drive, Altoona, IA
Notes: Discover how to use Human Resources in strategic plans and how HR proactively can help meet the needs of your organization. Learn strategies to recruit, retain and upskill your employees. Companies will face increasing challenges over the next 15 years, and it's time to prepare. Iowa's workforce is poised for drastic change, with pressure from retirements, technology, and a new generation of workers with a new work ethic and new expectations. Smart planning means addressing the situation now to stay ahead of future pressures.

Food Microbiology Industry Short Course

Date/Time: 3/26/2015 - 3/27/2015, 8:00am-5:00pm
Location: 1951 Food Sciences Building, Iowa State University Ames, IA
Notes: Iowa State University's Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Department of Animal Science Food Microbiology groups will provide insight on the ecology of microorganisms in foods, detection, and enumeration, isolation, and identification methods for food-borne pathogens, toxins, and contaminants that may occur in a food plant environment. Our course will combine classroom lectures with laboratory environment on the fundamentals of food microbiology and food safety. Attendees will develop a detailed understanding of the methods used to isolate important spoilage microorganisms and food-borne pathogens and the role of food microbiologist in ensuring safe food products. Specific emphasis will be placed on E. coli O157:H7, Listeria, Salmonella, Campylobacter, spoilage and mycotoxigenic fungi, and mycotoxins.

Learn Before You Leap: Business Considerations for GovCon

Date/Time: 3/26/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 102 Walnut Street, Muscatine, IA
Notes: • Have you considered Government Contracting for potential sales prospects? • Are you unsure whether it is a market that you can/should expend resources for and pursue? • Have you heard differing stories on how to best do business with the Government? This workshop is perfect for the companies (small or large) that have considered selling their goods/services to the Government and either are unsure of the next steps, or are just not ready to commit to this market. We will provide a 30,000 foot view of Government contracting, providing some considerations, myths/facts, and recommendations for your business before you pursue the market. You will also have the opportunity to meet your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist, a no charge resource in your community to assist companies on a one on one basis for Government contracting.

The Enterprise Management Development System (EMDS)

Date/Time: 3/31/2015, 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Stoney Creek Inn, Sioux City
Notes: Most companies embarking on a lean journey soon become frustrated with improvement events and isolated projects that yield great short-term results but have no sustainability and no major innovation. They are searching for something more: the culture that goes beyond "just managing" continuous improvement. Success in today's world of constant change and chaos requires leadership to leverage this uncertainty. It does no good to improve your path if you need to actually change the path you're on.

April 2015


The Enterprise Management Development System (EMDS)

Date/Time: 4/1/2015 - 4/2/2015, 8:00am-4:30pm
Location: Mercy Medical Center Sioux City
Notes: Limited to 30 attendees, *must also attend March 31st workshop to participate in this program. As a continuation of Day 1, this event gives participants a chance to practice strategy deployment and setting up the Daily Management Development System in the context of an actual organization's circumstances. Days 2 & 3 are hosted by Mercy Medical Center Sioux City. Participants will learn by helping Mercy Medical Center address a specific issue.

Machinery Manufacturing Innovation Summit

Date/Time: 4/2/2015, 9:00am-3:30pm
Location: Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, Ames, IA
Notes: Discover leading-edge technologies that can impact the machinery industry, based on industry survey results. Topics may include rapid prototyping, machine connectivity (smart machines), 3D printing, additive manufacturing, virtual simulations, robotics, etc. You’ll have an opportunity at the summit to work collaboratively with industry and ISU experts to discover new ways to leverage these technologies at your company. The goal is for you to develop a specific action plan for your business, integrating these technologies, that reduces costs, creates a competitive advantage and ultimately improves profitability.

Iowa Vendor Conference

Date/Time: 4/7/2015, 8:00am-4:00pm
Location: FFA Enrichment Center
Notes: Are you interested in making your company more successful? Come learn more about doing business with the government sector. Attend workshops on topics such as proposal writing tips, business resources for Iowa companies, marketing/social media, market research, search engine optimization, and much more!

Internet Marketing Strategy Boot Camp

Date/Time: 4/8/2015 - 4/10/2015, 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: Johnston - Stoney Creek
Notes: Join us and discover how to take charge of your website and make it a truly effective marketing tool!

Video Marketing Boot Camp

Date/Time: 4/13/2015 - 4/14/2015, 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Johnston - Stoney Creek
Notes: Join us and discover how to improve your business with online video marketing!

Market Research Techniques for GovCon: Hands-On Tutorial

Date/Time: 4/14/2015, 9:00am-10:30am
Location: Clinton Community College Tech Center 1951 Manufacturing Drive Clinton, IA
Notes: Attendees will learn techniques and resources available to perform marketresearch and determine their best potential Government customers, competitors and how the Government is buying their goods/services. Companies that attend will be able to use computers to do their own research for their specific products/services. Information gathered in this session will assist companies with building a robust Government marketing plan. To register contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu

Business Strategy Boot Camp

Date/Time: 4/20/2015, 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Spencer, IA
Notes: Join us and discover the latest thinking about Business Strategy, including how to plan and how to carry those ideas all the way to implementation. Designed for any organization looking to build or re-energize its business strategy and re-focus management team members on a common set of goals. Excellent for executive-level managers and/or their direct reports, as well as for any corporate divisional leaders who have profit/loss responsibility.

HACCP Short Course

Date/Time: 4/23/2015 - 4/25/2015, 1:00pm-12:00pm
Location: 1951 Food Sciences Building, Iowa State University Ames, IA
Notes: Iowa State University's Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Department of Animal Science This three day Basic HACCP training is designed for people in the food industry desiring to understand and be trained in the HACCP system for manufacturing safe food. This is also for individuals who are starting to develop or implement HACCP plans and those who want to review the concepts and applications of HACCP or desire an updated understanding of the system. This course will be presented in a manner that will serve participants from the juice, meat, bread, fish, vegetable, and poultry industries, but the emphasis will be placed on non-meat commodity groups. This course will address food safety concerns for industries such as: canning, frozen meals, spices/bulk ingredients, cereals/pastas, fresh produce, dairy ingredients, bakery/snack foods, and food service (variance) along with an Advanced HACCP group. FDA and USDA require workers in several segments of the food industry to be trained in HACCP. This course is accredited by the International HACCP Alliance and will meet the specifications established by these federal agencies. The regulatory requirements for HACCP will be discussed in detail, including the FDA mandates for seafood (21CFR123) and juice products (21CFR120) and the USDA’s rule on pathogen reductions and HACCP (9CFR417) for meat and poultry products. The Food Safety Modernization Act will also be discussed. The Basic HACCP Training Course offered is reviewed and accredited by the HACCP Alliance as meeting the required standards for content and training for introductory HACCP. Upon successful completion of the course, the attendee will be registered with the International HACCP Alliance and recognized as completing a HACCP training program. In addition, within small working groups, the attendees will actually develop a HACCP plan and present it to the class for discussion and critique.

May 2015


Import Compliance

Date/Time: 5/19/2015, 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Auditorium 5400 University Ave | West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Notes: (Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.) Roles & Responsibilities of importer, customs broker, forwarder; Duty Drawbacks; TIBs; Carnets; Classifications; Bonds; Valuations; Assists; Documentation; Record keeping; 17-point import checklist and more Cost: $100 per person Pre-registration is required by May 4.

How to file an Electronic Export Information (EEI) using AESPcLink

Date/Time: 5/20/2015, 8:00am-12:00pm
Location: Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Auditorium 5400 University Ave | West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Notes: (Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.) AESPcLink vs. AESDirect, Review of each field, When required, Error reports, Common errors, Examples Cost: $60 per person Pre-registration is required by May 4.

Overview of Export Control Updates

Date/Time: 5/20/2015, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Auditorium 5400 University Ave | West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Notes: (Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.) 600/515 series, ECCN/USML categories, Definitions, Exceptions, Interactive decision tree tools, License type Cost: $60 per person Pre-registration is required by May 4.

Learn Before You Leap: Business Considerations for GovCon

Date/Time: 5/28/2015, 9:00am-10:00am
Location: ISU Louisa County Extension, 317 Van Buren, Wapello, IA
Notes: • Have you considered Government Contracting for potential sales prospects? • Are you unsure whether it is a market that you can/should expend resources for and pursue? • Have you heard differing stories on how to best do business with the Government? This workshop is perfect for the companies (small or large) that have considered selling their goods/services to the Government and either are unsure of the next steps, or are just not ready to commit to this market. We will provide a 30,000 foot view of Government contracting, providing some considerations, myths/facts, and recommendations for your business before you pursue the market. You will also have the opportunity to meet your CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist, a no charge resource in your community to assist companies on a one on one basis for Government contracting.

June 2015


Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium

Date/Time: 6/2/2015 - 6/3/2015, 8:00am-1:00pm
Location: iWireless Center, Moline IL
Notes: Small businesses will have an opportunity to network at a large tradeshow, engage in educational sessions for small businesses interested in doing business with the Government, as well as meet with representatives from a variety of commands located on Rock Island Arsenal. The RIA Center of Excellence Advanced Planning and Briefing to Industry is also being held in conjunction with this event to provide forecasting of opportunities from the Amry commands at RIA. There will also be opportunities for small business matchmaking with large prime Government contractors.

Taking Care of Business Conference

Date/Time: 6/10/2015 - 6/12/2015, TBA
Location: Quad Cities
Notes: ABI is heading east for our 2015 Taking Care of Business Conference. Make plans now to join us along (and on!) the Mississippi River next June for the best business conference of the year!It's never too early to start planning for next year. Make a note on your schedule today to join us in the Quad Cities June 10-12, 2015 for top networking opportunities, inspiring speakers, educational breakouts and, of course, golf.